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Hold Them or Fold Them: Week 4

Ricky Rubio has taken advantage of injuries to both Darius Garland and Collin Sexton to put up some noteworthy numbers. Should you keep him?

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Jordan Poole, SG, Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are on a five-game hot streak, and although this is mostly due to Steph Curry’s 27.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game average, Jordan Poole has done his fair share too. He averages 18.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game this season, and 24.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.8 steals just in his past four matchups, and he seems to have proven himself as the second option after Curry that the Warriors lacked last season. Poole’s value is on the rise, as he’s now rostered in about 60 percent of fantasy leagues. Jordan Poole has been a fantasy surprise so far, and I don’t expect that to change. For those of you who drafted or picked him up, I’d recommend keeping Poole on your roster for the foreseeable future.

Ricky Rubio, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Ricky Rubio had a solid start to the 2021-22 NBA season, averaging 14 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Since then, however, he’s slowed down, mostly due to Darius Garland coming back from injury. Well, with an injury now to Collin Sexton, Rubio scored a 37 point double-double with ten rebounds, three assists, and a steal in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ win over the New York Knicks. Obviously, you shouldn’t expect a performance like that every week from the 31 year old, but he has proven himself to be relatively consistent. At this point in the season, trading away Rubio wouldn’t give much of a return. However, he could still be a valuable piece to your fantasy team each week. Hold Ricky Rubio, especially if Sexton’s injury is long-term.

Bobby Portis, C, Milwaukee Bucks
In his second year with the Milwaukee Bucks, Bobby Portis has turned heads: his slam dunk against the Detroit Pistons, hustle play against the New York Knicks, and just his blocks in general, alongside his stats, have been impressive. Portis averages 11.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and one steal per game, and in just the past four games he almost averaged a double-double, with 12.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game. With Brook Lopez missing a few games, The People’s Champ has seen more minutes on the court, and he’s been rather efficient with that time, with a PER of 17.05 through his 146 minutes played. That number should go up as the season progresses. However, much like with Ricky Rubio, fantasy managers likely won’t find a good trade in return for him quite yet, so for the time being, it’s smart to keep him on your roster.

Montrezl Harrell, C, Washington Wizards
As part of the five Los Angeles Lakers to join the Wizards after the Russell Westbrook deal, Montrezl Harrell has made a huge impact on the Washington Wizards. He’s the big man Washington has been missing for a long time, really since JaVale McGee. Harrell averages an impressive 17.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game this season, and he’s on pace for a 1400-point season, although that’s very unlikely. However, what I just wrote isn’t me trying to convince you to keep him, it’s me giving you an argument for you to give to someone else. As long as you have a solid replacement, you should consider trading away the Wizards big. You probably drafted him around the 60th pick, and now you realize that you got a steal. He’s officially broken into elite territory in fantasy, as he’s rostered in about 90+ percent of fantasy leagues. If you’re looking to fill another piece on your roster and have a solid backup center, I recommend using Montrezl Harrell as a central part of a trade.

De’Aaron Fox, PG, Sacramento Kings
In his fourth NBA season, De’Aaron Fox finds himself trying to carry the Sacramento Kings yet again. And he’s been doing an okay job, averaging 18.6 points, four rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.5 steals per game this season. But that’s nowhere near enough to get the Kings in playoff range, especially in a competitive Western Conference. But I’ll cut him some slack: It’s still the beginning of the season, and he could still figure things out later on, but we can’t really know yet.

This could be a difficult decision: You can hold him in case he starts to ball out midseason, or you can send him elsewhere, at the risk of selling too low. I recommend keeping him, since it’s way too early. But if De’Aaron Fox continues like this, it might be a good idea to look for a trade.

Al Horford, C, Boston Celtics
In his second stint with the Boston Celtics, Al Horford has played a huge role on both sides of the ball. He averages a solid 13.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game. And although he doesn’t start, Horford still gets his minutes, plus he has a solid PER of 21.61. All of this, and he’s 35 years old. It’s safe to say this was pretty unexpected from Horford, and those who drafted him late in their fantasy leagues are pretty happy. Unless you have a good starting center aside from Al Horford, there really is no reason to get rid of him since his trade value is probably lower due to optics, being old, specifically.

Miles Bridges, SF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges had an incredible first month to the season, averaging 24.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. Recently, however, his quality has dropped, despite having more minutes. In the past five games, he averaged 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block, and two steals. Obviously those are still great stats, just not as good as they were in the very beginning of the season. Miles Bridges’ general ADP was 110, so he’s definitely exceeding expectations, but if he keeps trending downwards, it might be smart to sell high while he’s still ranked as the number two fantasy small forward.

OG Anunoby, SF, Toronto Raptors
In Pascal Siakam’s absence, the Toronto Raptors have started to rely on OG Anunoby to carry them to some wins. And he’s done a decent job, averaging 20.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. But that’s definitely not good enough for the long run, and I’m sure Raptors fans are relieved to see Siakam back. I’d expect to see a decrease in Anunoby’s numbers soon, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t be useful in fantasy. Plus, I can’t imagine fantasy managers are lining up to trade for him. For now, OG Anunoby should stay on your roster.

Kyle Kuzma, SF, Washington Wizards
It seems like almost every Los Angeles Lakers “role player” that left in recent history has done relatively well in their new home. Kyle Kuzma is no exception, averaging 14.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists for the Washington Wizards. Although he hasn’t been as great over the past week, Kuzma has really been a surprise to everyone; his career will be revived in Washington. With an ADP of around 110+, Kuz was a good late draft pick, but that still means he doesn’t hold any trade value quite yet. Even if he’s underperformed the past week, there’s no use in trading Kyle Kuzma away.

Terry Rozier, SG, Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets are going through a bad five game losing streak, and the losses haven’t really been close, and two poor performances from Terry Rozier through that stretch hasn’t really helped. But overall this month, the 27 year old has been pretty solid, averaging 16.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and one steal per game. It’s possible that Terry goes back to his old form, but that might not help too much from a fantasy standpoint since LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges, and Gordon Hayward all play much larger roles than Rozier does now. Although he’s not very popular in fantasy right now, it might be time to get rid of Terry Rozier, even if the return isn’t great.

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